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Josh Kurtz: Season of Uncertainty

By: Josh Kurtz  Annapolis at Christmas-time is picture-postcard perfect. But the beauty and serenity of the town belies the jitteriness of Maryland’s political classes. From Democratic staffers worried about their jobs, to the slow roll-out of Gov.-elect Larry Hogan’s (R) cabinet appointments and policy initiatives, to lawmakers, lobbyists and advocates scrambling to adjust to the new reality – not to mention Democratic activists waiting for a party savior, or the Next Big Thing, or at the very least a coherent sense of direction – what should be a time of peace and reflection has instead become an unprecedented period of fear and loathing. Worsening fiscal conditions for the state and local governments sure don’t help matters, either. A few questions began to be answered last week, when the presiding officers of the legislature unveiled their full committee rosters and Hogan announced his first four cabinet nominees – though none was for... Continue reading
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Don't Miss the Must-See Film Screening at Winter MACO

Join Save Farm Families for the Cambridge screening premiere of Collateral Damage: A Farm Family Under Attack. For the convenience of those attending the Winter Maryland Association of Counties Conference, the screening will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 7th at 4:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina.Collateral Damage reviews the misguided and ultimately reckless litigation pursued by the New York-based Waterkeeper Alliance against the Hudson family of Berlin, Md., even after the Maryland Department of the Environment reviewed and rejected the Waterkeepers’ allegations of pollution at the farm. Collateral Damage: A Farm Family Under Attack A short documentary presented by Save Farm Families Where: Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina 100 Heron Blvd. at Route 50 Cambridge, MD 21613 When: Wednesday, January 7th at 4:00 pm * 4:00 - 4:30 -- Cocktails * 4:30 - 4:45 -- Introduction to film * 4:45... Continue reading
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Josh Kurtz – The Progressive Shift of the Legislature

Center Maryland columnist Josh Kurtz talks about what the November election means for changes to the House of Delegates – significant turnover, but much of the top Democratic leadership remains the same.Inside the Headlines is a video politicast featured on Center Maryland. Damian O’Doherty brings guests on the show to have in depth conversations on major news happening in Maryland. Damian O’Doherty is a corporate communications strategist, a principal of KO Public Affairs LLC and co-founder of Center Maryland.... Continue reading
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Kathleen Dumais: A Response to Kurtz’s Cold New Reality for Montgomery County

By: Del. Kathleen M. Dumais  I was incredibly disappointed with the inclusion of incorrect information in the opinion piece posted by Josh Kurtz on December 15, “Cold New Reality for Montgomery County,” as well as his blatant failure to check facts before continuing the tired criticism of the Montgomery County Delegation and other Montgomery County elected officials. Did he even attempt to ask how the schedule for the three-day bus tour for the incoming new members of the legislature was developed and whether or not anyone in Montgomery County had any control over the schedule or the selection of sites to visit? Did he ask anyone how much notice County Executive Leggett received regarding his participation in the bus tour and whether or not alternatives for his participation were offered, since Leggett had a previous commitment to participate in the regional summit with incoming Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser and Prince... Continue reading
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Laslo Boyd: Goodbye Stephen

By: Laslo Boyd  This is a sad day for Stephen Colbert’s countless fans. Tonight’s edition of the Colbert Report will be the last one. Sometime next year, he will start his new gig on the Late Show, replacing David Letterman. While the new venue will undoubtedly provide Colbert with the opportunity to develop new comedic riffs, it just won’t be the same. Along with the Daily Show’s Jon Stewart, Colbert has brought the venerable art form of political satire into the 21st century. It takes nothing away from Will Rogers, Thomas Nast or even Garry Trudeau to observe that Colbert and Stewart are today’s “Gold Standard” of how to skewer politicians and oversized-ego celebrities (Is that redundant?). Some media critics have coined the term “fake news” to characterize both shows. Having applied that label, some then go on to bemoan the fact that many young adults seem to view Colbert and... Continue reading
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